If you just came to Massachusetts, and you heard the long, loud applause for the governor before his speech, you might think he was elected unanimously… which, of course, is far from the truth.
But inaugurations are celebrations, so the truth can get blurred. Speakers are filled with pride and they may exaggerate a bit.
For example, no one should hold the governor to this promise about the state's public schools:
"Being first in the nation is a good start. Being first in the world is where we're headed," the governor said.
I was surprised when the governor–who takes his words very seriously–downplayed his speech, by saying…
"Nothing we say or do here today will long be remembered,"
Because there is something he said that will be remembered:
"Let me be clear, the time for talk is over! The time for action has arrived."
True! But easier said than done, because before there can be action there must be agreement, and the governor's agenda is not the only one on Beacon Hill.
Plus, the money problems ahead are enormous.
"I don't have all the answers, and that frustrates me deeply. But I know the answers are out there," the governor said.
We may want to think that any problem can be solved by brain power and good will, but political history tells us over and over that's just not true.
I'm Andy Hiller, and that's my instinct.
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